Monica Fairview writes Jane Austen variations and sequels. After graduating from the University of Illinois, she worked as a literature professor and then as an acupuncturist in Boston before moving to London.
Monica loves anything to do with the nineteenth century, and obsessively follows every period drama she can find. On rainy days, she loves to watch ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (all adaptations), ‘North & South’, ‘Cranford’, or ‘Downtown Abbey’.
Among Monica’s Kindle best-selling novels are Mysterious Mr. Darcy, the Darcy Novels trilogy, two books in the Darcy Cousins series, and the quirky futuristic P&P inspired Steampunk Darcy. She has also published several traditional Regencies.
Apart from her avid historical interests, Monica enjoys reading fantasy and post-apocalyptic novels, but avoids zombies like the plague. She loves to laugh, drink lots of tea, and visit Regency houses, and she is convinced that her two cats can understand everything she says.
~ Monica’s Novels ~
Fortune and Felicity
In this Pride & Prejudice variation, Elizabeth and Darcy have a second chance to get things right. Will they be able to come together this time, or will pride intervene yet again?
Seven years after Darcy’s disastrous proposal, Darcy is in need, not of a wife, but of a governess for his young daughter. Imagine his surprise when he discovers Elizabeth Bennet on the list of possible candidates provided by the employment agency. The question is, should he take her on as a governess, or would he be playing with fire?
Elizabeth Bennet is forced by her reduced circumstances to take on a position. However, when Mr. Darcy invites her for an interview, she is embarrassed and humiliated. How could she possibly live under the same roof as the man she had rejected so strongly seven years ago?
Whatever decision she makes, there will be a high price to pay… one way or the other.
Fortune & Felicity is available for pre-sale for a special pre-release sale price of $2.99/£2.99.
Mysterious Mr. Darcy
Four years after the original events of Pride & Prejudice, Darcy receives a visit in his isolated manor in Cornwall. It is Charles Bingley, and he has come to ask a favor…
There is nothing Lizzy Bennet likes more than a laugh – except for a mystery. From the moment she first encounters Mr. Darcy, she senses he is hiding something. But the more she tries to find out about who he is, the more he circumspect he becomes. However, Lizzy soon turns her attention to someone else. As Mrs. Bennet points out, Mr. Darcy is a nobody, and Lizzy needs to marry someone who can provide for her and her sisters.
Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy doesn’t want anyone to know about the scandal that haunts him from the past. He certainly doesn’t need someone like Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who asks him questions and tries to slip him up. Fortunately, he is more than adequate to the task of putting her off. What he doesn’t expect is that before long, he is caught up a love triangle, and finds himself longing to tell her the truth.
Are Elizabeth and Darcy meant to come together in this variation, or is Lizzy destined for someone else?
Note: Mysterious Mr. Darcy is not a mystery. It is a ‘what-if’ in which Mr. Darcy has to deal with the consequences of his past, a past that will change the shape of his future.
Mr. Darcy’s Pledge
Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been able to keep his emotions under control. That is, until he falls under the spell of Elizabeth Bennet and surprises himself by blurting out a proposal to her like a moonstruck youth. Stung to the quick by her rejection, his pride in tatters, and left with no possibility that she will ever return his regard, Darcy determines to put all thoughts of Elizabeth behind him. But not even Town with its boundless opportunities for amusement can keep the image of Elizabeth Bennet from pursuing him everywhere he goes.
By the time Darcy leaves Town to travel up to Pemberley, he has learned one thing. There is only one way of overcoming Miss Bennet’s bewitching hold over him and Darcy is desperate enough to try it. The solution is to get married. And this time, he is not going to choose a wife by allowing his emotions to lead him by the nose.
His choice will be entirely rational …
In Volume I of this Pride and Prejudice variation, Monica Fairview traces Mr. Darcy’s journey as he struggles to come to terms with the upheaval Elizabeth Bennet has caused in his life … and his heart.
Mr. Darcy’s Challenge
Darcy dreams of winning Elizabeth Bennet’s hand and he has a strategy worked out. But when a chance encounter prompts Darcy to propose to Elizabeth before he has rescued Lydia, his plans go horribly awry.
Broken hearted, disillusioned and bitterly regretting his impulsive action, Darcy sees no point in fulfilling the terms of his pledge. After all, rescuing Lydia might save Elizabeth’s reputation, but why should he assist her when they have no future together? Once again, Darcy finds himself faced with impossible choices: being selfless, even knowing there is no chance of reward; or holding onto his dignity by turning his back on the Bennets once and for all.
Pride and love are at loggerheads as he struggles to choose between his mind … and his heart.
Volume Two of The Darcy Novels continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.
Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are engaged at last, and Mr. Darcy is preparing to take out a special license to get married quickly. But, just when everything seems to be going just right, he encounters opposition from an unexpected quarter. Then, when his engagement is announced – to someone else – Elizabeth, understandably, begins to doubt his sincerity.
Perhaps their love is doomed after all…
Find out more in this third part of The Darcy Novels series.
Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.
William Darcy is obsessed with his ancestors. So much so that he intends to rebuild Pemberley (destroyed during the Uprising) stone by stone, and he wants to employ reconstruction expert Seraphene Grant to help
Or does he? Seraphene wasn’t born yesterday. She can smell a rat, particularly when it stinks all the way up to her airship. She knows Darcy is hiding something. But with the Authorities after her and her other options dwindling by the moment, the temptation of genuine English tea and a gorgeous Steampunk gentleman are very difficult to resist.
But what if Darcy’s mystery job courts nothing but trouble? What if Darcy is harboring a secret to kill for? When kiss comes to shove, will Darcy’s secret destroy Seraphene, or will it be her salvation?
Join us on a romantic adventure like no other in this whimsical Pride and Prejudice-inspired tribute, featuring Darcy (of course), Wickham, dirigibles, swashbuckling pirates and a heroine with fine eyes and an attitude.
The Darcy Cousins: A P&P variation/sequel
The Other Mr. Darcy
Did you know that Mr. Darcy had an American cousin?!
When Caroline Bingley, for the first time in her life, collapses to the floor and sobs at Mr. Darcy’s wedding, she does not think anyone is watching. Imagine her humiliation when she discovers that a stranger has witnessed her unusual emotional display. Miss Bingley, understandably, resents this unknown gentleman very much, even if he is Mr. Darcy’s America cousin.
A year later, when she is forced to travel to Pemberley with Robert Darcy, she still has not forgiven him. To her chagrin, her attempts to snub him fail completely, and, as the Bennets descend upon the Darcy estate, she finds herself spending more and more time in his company.
Is there more to the infamous Miss Bingley than meets the eye? And can this other Mr. Darcy break through her reserve?
The Darcy Cousins
There are surprises in store for that bastion of tradition, Rosings Park when the family gathers for their annual Easter visit. Georgiana Darcy, generally a shy model of propriety, decides to take a few lessons from her unconventional cousin, and Anne de Bourgh simply – vanishes. In this tale of friendship, rebellion, and love, two young women entering Society forge a strong connection, a connection that is sorely tested when they both set out to win the heart of a most dashing – and dangerous – gentleman.
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
In this gently humorous story, the day has come for Mr. Knightly to move into Hartfield, but Mr. Woodhouse is still not reconciled to the marriage. Trouble looms on the horizon unless Emma can quickly find a way to convince her papa to accept Mr. Knightly’s presence.
The Unexpected Duke
When Isabella Barrington agrees to marry James Chalmers before he leaves for the colonies, she doesn’t expect to see him again. They both have their own reasons for a marriage of convenience, and that doesn’t include spending any time together. But when the Duke of Silverton unexpectedly succeeds to the title, he is determined to redeem the family name, and for that he needs Isabella to live with him, at least until he returns to America.
Isabella, however, has no intention of playing the role of a model wife, especially when it means having to live in a crumbling mansion and deal with a demanding duke who is a stranger. She will only agree to the charade if he will accept her terms, which are intended to keep him at an arm’s length.
Will the two of them be able to stick to the agreed terms, or will the unexpected happen? Will love bring them together when marriage did not?
An Improper Suitor
A lady in possession of an independent fortune has no need for a husband. Miss Julia Swifton, secure in that belief, has made no attempt to search for one, even after three seasons in London. That is until her grandmother, an advocate of women’s rights, rises from her deathbed and threatens, of all things, to marry her to a notorious rake, Lord Thorwynn.
Shocked into action, Julia launches into a search for an intelligent, scholarly husband who will suit her. On her way she has to rescue a fallen “angel,” save a rake from being forced into marriage, defeat an unscrupulous gambler who needs to seduce her for money, and avert a friend’s disastrous runaway marriage. Fortunately, she does not have to do it alone. Even if her companion, Lord Thorwynn, is the last person she would ever want to marry.